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Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli
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Assaf Shelleg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354948

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354948.001.0001

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Jewish Contiguities: Translocated Pasts Facing the Levant

(p.1) Introduction
Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History

Assaf Shelleg

Oxford University Press

Unfolding the dialectical processes that connect the three central chapters of the book—from modern Jewish art music in Europe through its migration to Mandatory Palestine and to the post-statehood dynamism of Israeli art music—the introduction displays the book’s main themes: the regime of representation in the post-Wagnerian era and its affect on Jewish composers in Europe, the historiography of modern Jewish art music, art music within and outside of the Wastern–European soundscape, ideological pressures in the Jewish community of Palestine, occidental imageries of Arab Jewish Music and its social hierarchies in the Yishuv and Israel, the theological undercurrents of the Zionist discourse, linear (serial) compositional devices and their weakening of national romanticist musical edifices in Hebrew culture, and the reemergence and reconfiguration of Jewish topoi in Israeli art music of the 1960s and 1970s. An additional discussion explicates the book’s methodology and theoretical framework.

Keywords:   modern Jewish art music, Israeli art music, twentieth-century music, Israeli cultural history, modernism, Zionism, Assaf Shelleg, auto-exoticism, Hebrewism (Hebrew culture), postcolonialism

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